New Delhi, Apr 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Apr 8, while he was speaking at a meeting of the High-Level Committee (HLC) to commemorate the 400th birth anniversary of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur (Prakash Purab), through video conferencing that was chaired by him, that the period of Indian history during the last four centuries cannot be imagined without the influence of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru.
Prime minister Modi said, "In the last four centuries, there has been no period for India that can be imagined without the influence of Guru Teg Bahadur ji! As the ninth Guru, we all get inspiration from him." The Prime Minister added, "From Guru Nanak Dev Ji to Guru Teg Bahadur Ji and then Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tradition of Sikh Guru is a complete life philosophy in itself."
Other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also participated in the virtual meeting, with several other dignified personnel.
The HLC was constituted by the Union Government on Oct 24, 2020, in order to approve policies, plans and programs related to the commemoration of the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur, along with supervision of the events. The HLC comprises of 70 members, including the Prime Minister as the Chairman.